The 14th February & Beyond

"Examining the evolution of Valentine's Day from a heartfelt celebration of love into a commercial frenzy, the film uncovers the emotional and societal tolls, challenging viewers to rethink love, consumerism, and self-worth."

The film meticulously examines how Valentine's Day, once a tender celebration of love, has been twisted into a fierce competition and a relentless self-esteem checklist. What was intended as an expression of affection has become a battleground for comparison, where societal pressures and commercial influences intertwine to create a complex web of expectations and anxiety. The film exposes the profound consequences that accompany this transformation, unmasking the dark memories, feelings of humiliation and rejection, and self-esteem crises that plague those who find themselves on the fringes of this manufactured celebration.

Through intimate interviews and compelling narratives, "The 14th February & Beyond" intimately captures the diverse experiences and perspectives surrounding Valentine's Day. Experts from various fields, including psychology, sociology, history, and cultural studies, provide profound insights into the intricacies of this love fest and its ramifications on individuals and society as a whole. These enlightening conversations shed light on the psychological toll of societal pressures, the manipulation of emotions by advertising and marketing campaigns, and the pervasive influence of tradition.

Going beyond the surface-level festivities, the documentary uncovers shocking facts about the relentless commercialization of Valentine's Day. It brings to the forefront the hidden costs of this holiday, both financial and emotional, as individuals feel compelled to spend exorbitant amounts of money on gifts and elaborate gestures in an attempt to meet societal expectations. "The 14th February & Beyond" unearths the overlooked traditions and spending habits that have been normalized, offering a comprehensive examination of the true essence of this love fest.

As viewers embark on this eye-opening narrative, they are invited to critically reflect on the societal constructs surrounding love, relationships, and self-worth. Through a masterful blend of historical context, expert analysis, and personal stories, "The 14th February & Beyond" challenges conventional narratives, encouraging a deeper understanding of the intricate interplay between love, consumerism, and mental well-being.

Ultimately, this documentary serves as a call to action, urging audiences to question the prevailing norms and expectations associated with Valentine's Day. By unmasking the shadows of this celebrated holiday, "The 14th February & Beyond" invites viewers to embrace a more authentic and compassionate approach to love, free from the constraints of consumerism and the damaging impact on mental health.

  • Utpal Kalal
    Director
  • Utpal Kalal
    Writer
  • Utpal Kalal
    Producer
  • VIJAY PHANSHIKAR
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • DR. SUDHIR BHAVE
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • NAMITA SINGH
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • NITYANANDA MISRA
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • MANJITA VANZARA
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • SHILPA AGRAWAL
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • RAJIV MALHOTRA
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • YASHMA MATHUR
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • VENKAT ARAVALA
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • GAJENDRA SINGH SHEKHAVAT
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • NEERJA SINGH
    Key Cast
    "Interviewee"
  • Kaustubh Manchekar
    Cinematography
  • Viraj Tadwalkar
    Cinematography
  • Sumanth Shetty
    Music
  • Anup Rupanwar
    Sound Design
  • Sai Nathan K
    Re Recording Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Investigative, Research, Social, Crime, news, documentray
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Jaipur International Film Festival 2020
    Jaipur
    India
    Winner, Best Film award (Documentary Feature)
  • International Documentary Film Festival Millenium 2020
    Brussels
    Belgium
    Official Selection
  • Mumbai International Film Festival by Govt. of India (MIFF)
    Mumbai
    India
    January 31, 2020
    World Premier
    Official Selection (National Competition)
  • UK Asian Film Festival
    Middlesex
    United Kingdom
    March 25, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Riverside International Film Festival
    California
    United States
    Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Choice Award
  • San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Golden Tree International Film Festival
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    Preliminary Selection
  • Indian Film Festival of Houston, Inc
    Houston
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
    Melbourne
    Australia
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Film Festival of India, IFFI
    Goa
    India
    January 18, 2021
    Indian Panorama Selection
Director Biography - Utpal Kalal

Utpal Kalal is an award-winning filmmaker based in India. He was born and grew up in a small town of Rajasthan. After finishing his medical studies, he followed his passion for cinema and joined full time filmmaking. Utpal has directed several music videos, short docu and commercials. 'The 14th February & Beyond', is his first feature length documentary film which has won multiple awards internationally

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How this documentary film 'The 14th February and Beyond' has come into an existence, goes long back to the time when I was studying in grade 6th of my elementary school. I grew up in a small town in Rajasthan, India and studied in a govt. School. 

As a young adolescent, I learnt about Valentine's day from the newspapers that used to publish the romantic poetries dedicated by the boys to woo the girls they liked and we used to search in that column if it had any familiar name from our area too! This whole thing used to turn out to be a big embarrassment, especially for those girls whose names were published with romantic lines, but they had neither any idea about it nor they had ever given any consent for it! I also saw girls’ names with abusive words written on the walls of public and School toilets if they turned down Valentine proposals. Somehow, it did not leave any pleasant impression about this day in my tender mind and this kept on repeating every year with new heights.
 
Later, when I went to Kota city (one of the biggest coaching hubs for the preparation of medical & engineering entrance exams in India) for my medical entrance preparation, I saw that the Valentine’s day had grown to the next level where certain coaching institutes had to deploy security personnel to avoid situations like eve teasing or molestation. Newspapers were filled-up with the headlines about social groups protesting against the Valentine’s Day. This day sort of gave an open license to youngsters to do whatever they wanted to, while some singles felt left out and depressed. 
 
At that particular age, I didn’t have big ideas about love, but still one thing that constantly bothered me a lot was, 'If Valentine’s day is about love and a day to honour the Saint Valentine, then why are all these terrible things happening around this day?' My mind kept on buzzing with countless thoughts rather than getting fascinated by it. I was just a student and there wasn't even a rarest of clue that one day I would make a documentary on this subject. 

Time flew and along with my medical graduation, I somehow developed a passion for cinema and after finishing my degree, I decided to join full time filmmaking. 

The questions I had about the Valentine’s day never stopped bothering me, the situations I observed around this love day made me restless, but whenever I discussed these thoughts with anyone around, I was not taken seriously rather they laughed at me. Yet, I didn’t want to stop there and that’s where I chose to research diligently on this subject and make a documentary film on it. 

It took an extensive research of about two years where I read a vast amount of related material, analysed international and national News information, visited several govt. Organisations and NGOs, talked to common people, including- students, parents, teachers, counsellors, couples, storekeepers, and interviewed experts from different fields for deeper insight. My focus was on not just getting the information but try to collect reliable sources of evidence and carry out a comprehensive investigation of the subject. With every passing day, I was shocked with new findings and there was an untold piece of story to share with the world. 
 
We have been talking about the global warming, we are scared about the environment, we are worried about our economy and all are important too, but ironically, somehow we have forgotten to pay attention to some equally gruesome issues that are directly related to the social sanity and the future of our young generation. I hope that, this film ignites a conversation about this crucial issue that has been overlooked so far.